Although it may take a while to notice, mobile phones cut us off from real life conversation, exposing ourselves to a blank, bright screen and have heartless conversations. Similarly, television places us firmly in our living rooms like a couch-potato. While these devices can be helpful, what we must stand against is the tendency to lean toward selfishness, or in other words, the tendency of helping ourselves rather than helping our brothers and sisters in humanity. Granted, not everyone is like that, but being selfish is inevitable, especially if we are not careful–especially under social distancing laws. On that note, let’s start caring for others in need. For those who don’t know where to start, here are three ways we could help those in need:
Donate something you don’t use, or even a whole box full of objects. Drop them off at a charity: others can put your clutter to good use! Plus, it’s better than just throwing away your junks, which can extend the process of climate change. These days, you can always donate via delivery services, meaning that you will be able to maintain social distance while donating.
Support financially.. There are plenty of ways to donate to charities online, or in your local community. Instead of buying yourself a new gadget or outfit, spend that money in a more positive way. Moreover, some people are still fighting for justice– for example, African Americans or abused kids and women–and you can find a donation link online (GoFundMe, or Change.org).
Lend your ear. Oftentimes, people who are sad, depressed, angry, or frustrated just need someone who will listen. Venting and talking through an issue is a huge help, especially to those who have seasonal mental disorders such as ‘Winter Blue’.
Simply finding ways to express your love to others, whether it be your partner, family member, friend, co-worker, or a complete stranger … just express your love. Because at the end of the day, a hug, a kind word, spending time, showing little kindnesses, being friendly … they all matter more than you expect.